Frightful’s Mountain by Jean Craighead George;
Dutton Children’s Books: New York, 1999; $15.99
Jean Craighead George wrote the book Frightful’s Mountain. It is about a peregrine falcon named Frightful and a boy named Sam who loves peregrine falcons. Sam lives in a tree house on a mountain where he likes to watch Frightful and many other creatures.
When I was in fourth grade our class raised salmon so we could learn about them because they were endangered here in the state of Washington. When I read Frightful’s Mountain it reminded me of raising the salmon because both the book and the raising of the salmon taught me that we need to protect our endangered species and all of the other animals from becoming extinct. Both from raising the salmon and from reading this book I learned about how people harm the animals. For instance, in the book people used insecticide called DDT in South America that insects were eating and dying from, and then some birds were eating those DDT-sprayed bugs, and then peregrine falcons would eat the birds that had eaten the insects. Then the peregrine falcons would die from the DDT. In the salmons’ case that I studied people were dumping pollutants in the water and the fish would die in the polluted water.
Frightful’s Mountain is an all-around great book because of the way that the book can make you think you are there with the characters. You can almost hear people talking and hear the animals. It’s as if you can reach out and touch everything. Therefore, I suggest this book to anyone who likes to read books that are hard to put down.